‘The Strong and the Weak’ paintings on exhibit at Northern Daughters

Northern Daughters welcomes “The Strong and the Weak,” a solo exhibit of paintings from Patrick Shoemaker. The exhibition is on view at the gallery’s 221 Main Street location in Vergennes, from Sept. 1 through Oct. 15. An opening reception will be held on Friday, Sept. 8, from 5-8 p.m.  
This exhibit (made possible through collaboration with Anna Zorina Gallery of New York City) features pieces that show the breadth of Shoemaker’s work, his unique use of color and reference to American history and folk art. The ambiguities in the paintings are what first attracted Northern Daughters to his work.  There is tension in each piece, between subjects, within the color palette and the bold blurred composition of his work that draws the viewer in. His distinct quality of paint application allows for the subjects to meld together, engaged physically, possibly dancing, possibly fighting, or some combination of both. 
Shoemaker lives and works in Brooklyn, N.Y.  He received his BFA in 2006 from the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University, and his MFA from from the School of Visual Arts, New York City, in 2013.  Recent fellowships include Artist in Residence Takt Kunstprojektraum, Berlin, Germany, The Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Mt. San Angelo, Virginia, and Artist in Residence, The Riverview Arts Center, Phillipsburg, New Jersey.  Shoemaker has exhibited in numerous exhibits throughout his career most recently his solo exhibit, “Fire on Fire,” was on view at Anna Zorina Gallery in New York City.
For more information contact [email protected] or (802) 877-2173.

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